What Is the News Media's Ethical Obligation?

United States
March 4, 2009 12:13am CST
What do you think? Do NEWS organizations have an ethical obligation to tell the truth even on their editorial page? The reason I ask this question is because of a recent political cartoon on the liberal side of the local newspaper which shows a poster of Rush Limbaugh with the wording "HOPE FOR FAILURE," implying that Rush wants our country to fail. That, of course, is not what Rush was implying when he said he wants Obama to fail. He very clearly said he wants the United States to succeed, but doesn't believe that's possible under Obama's plans. I don't have a problem with anyone having differences of opinion, but I do have a problem when lying is used in order to advance an agenda. If you can't persuade by using reason and a convincing argument, then you don't have a case. To date I have not heard anyone on the left explain why Obama's policies will be good for the United States. Am I wrong?
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
4 Mar 09
I think political cartoons should be taken with a grain of salt. I don't have any problem with it. I think the cartoonist is merely showing what is on peoples mind. I think they are meant as entertainment. Anybody taking political cartoons as news are destined to be misinformed.
• United States
4 Mar 09
You're probably right, but doesn't the wording on that particular cartoon reflect what the liberals are saying about Rush? The liberals are advancing a lie about the man and I think they need to be exposed as the liars they are.